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Lakes & Mountains

Vacation like a local and make your next getaway one to Europe's summer mountain resorts or charming lakeside villages. Recharge amongst the continent's sprawling mountain ranges or beside refreshing waters and soak up the charms of the region.

When many think about mountain vacations in Europe, Switzerland comes to mind-and for a good reason. It shares the Alps with seven other countries, including France, Italy, and Germany, and is home to some of the most famous mountain peaks: Matterhorn, Jungfrau, Rigi, and Titlis, to name a few. A rail vacation in the Swiss Alps promises stunning sites and exciting excursions, from hiking to scenic rail journeys on some of Europe's most famous trains, such as the Glacier Express. Switzerland has some famous lakes of its own, too, and a culinary cruise on Lake Lugano or a leisure cruise on Lake Lucerne are memorable moments on summer mountain vacations-and in winter, too.

For a relaxing vacation with a twist, consider a stunning holiday to the beautiful lakes in Europe. Italy's Lake Como may be the most famous, but Lake Garda is one of Italy's best-kept secrets, as is Lake Maggiore. Other popular destinations for Europe lakes and mountains holidays include Scotland, home to its iconic mountain, Ben Nevis-best seen from the Jacobite Steam Train's rail cars-and mysterious Loch Ness, and Slovenia' Lake Bled, nestled in the Julian Alps. With more than 500,000 lakes and numerous peaks and valleys, options abound for rail vacation to European mountain towns and lakeside hamlets.

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Trondheim
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2023MayJunJulSep
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  • DestinationNorway, Sweden
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Sorrento
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  • DestinationItaly
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Glacier Express over Stone Bridge
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4.1 stars(17 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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4.4 stars(19 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationScotland
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11 days from
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  • DestinationScotland
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Landwasser Viaduct Glacier Express
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4.3 stars(10 reviews)
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
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Kleine Scheddeg to the Jungraujoch
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4.7 stars(21 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
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Lauterbrunnen Valley
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Glacier Express in the Goms Valley
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Scenic Switzerland & Glacier Express
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  • DestinationItaly, Switzerland
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Our customers love our Lakes & Mountains tours
Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
16 Dec 2022
X Vacations By Rail GRJ
5 stars
“Great trip that was fun and very interesting. This was my first time to Scotland and having a tour by train was fantastic. Wonderful people, lots to see and easy to get around. Would recommend this trip.
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Best of Switzerland by Rail
24 Oct 2022
Switzerland
5 stars
“Our tour manager, Oliver Treacy was excellent and accommodating to our travelers. Would like to have him again on a trip. It would have been helpful for him to use the radios when speaking so those with difficulty could hear easily. I would have liked more local specialists and staying in each place x2 nights to see the city we were in. It was wonderful NOT to feel rushed in the mornings with bags and early leaving times as we have experienced on coach tours.
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland - An Escorted Experience
12 Oct 2019
QUINTON and TSUYAKO TURNER
5 stars
“Excellent Tour with exceptional guide!
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
22 Oct 2022
MARY SALO
4 stars
“The trip itself was 5 star, the only reason I rated it down was I felt there could have been more communication prior to the trip. The trains are fabulous and Switzerland is beautiful!
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